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Re: New Book Releases
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Trotter wrote:

Morinehtar wrote:
I think Amazon UK still has some copies, if you want to try there.


It looks like Amazon are running out of copies of the facsimile Hobbit, as the price has gone back to RRP (£25) for amazon.co.uk.


It has fluctuated back up to RRP a couple of times, so not clear if anything can be inferred from the pricing. Seems possible they are running out now, though.

Posted on: 11/4 13:00:56


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Morinehtar wrote:
Its superfluous to keep analyzing a copy that will be returned but the book also has a misbind at the top right corner as if not enough orange binding material was used and then someone cut out a piece and glued it to cover the spot. Didn't notice any funny smells though.

On the other hand, I am happy they are printing the Lay of A&I in the UK. Hopefully both Hardcover and Deluxe prints of Beren and Luthien will be made in Italy or UK. I will not purchase another Chinese book. However, I am not sure many people care about this and to what degree.


It is crazy, just how badly put together these books are. We only have a small sample, but it is hard to imagine these are the only badly assembled copies, especially as there are lots of different problems with the books.

Posted on: 11/3 20:41:01


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You ended up buying it? Hey at least its not as bad as mine. When I opened the book and found the upside down page starting from the last one I thought I was going mad!

You know, I asked for return-and-replacement, but maybe it would be a wise move to change that and ask for a refund. I wouldn't think it twice if I didn't have all the other Deluxes 1st print (except Sigurd and Gudrun).


I'd just go with the refund, personally. I didn't accept my copy (and I should have gone with my initial stand not to buy it -- lesson learned).

It also had quite an acrid smell, one of the end papers was creased and it had a small scuff on the quarter binding.

Typical Chinese 'get away with the least quality possible' manufacturing (they probably provided HC with decent quality samples). Like I say, it was a reminder that there is a reason why I have made a stand against buying the Chinese editions, and in future I will stick to those principals (as I have done until this case).

I sort of wanted to see if I was being too harsh, but this has confirmed that I was not being harsh enough. This is not even close to being a £60 RRP book.

Posted on: 11/3 17:51:29

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Re: New Book Releases
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Yep, these books are junk. Here's another misbind picture for you.

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Morgan wrote:
Trotter:

"How many pages in total are the text of The Lay of Aotrou & Itroun and how many are commentary?"

The Lay itself (as published in The Welsh Review) appears on pp. 3-21. The rest of the book contains a mix of commentary and related manuscripts by Tolkien. A detailed Contents can be found as a "preview" on the Amazon page of the book.

"where was it printed and what are your views on the printing quality?"

"Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc". Printing quality is same as the other recent (standard edition) Tolkien titles from HarperCollins.

Ulmo:


Good to hear.

Posted on: 11/3 16:42:55



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